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Standards and Stands

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

A Gartner research director’s critique of the Project Management Institute’s recently released portfolio and program management standards engages practitioners, vendors and consultants.

Sticks & Stones

Some organizations have the latest and greatest software for prioritizing projects; some don’t. A project management veteran who helped start her credit card company’s PMO from scratch shares her experiences in meeting the challenges. [8 min.]

Gartner Identifies PPM Leaders, Trends

- by Projects@Work

Gartner’s 2009 Magic Quadrant report surveys the state of PPM in a challenging economy, evaluating 19 technology providers, naming six “leaders” and addressing some emerging market trends.

PPM at Miller Brewing

When you're close to a project, it can be difficult to objectively gauge the strategic impact and risks involved. Miller Brewing Co.'s director of strategic projects shares her insights on setting project priorities and building the business case justification. The challenge is to clearly define the quantifiable benefits while also recognizing the qualitative or soft benefits. [7 min., 30 sec.]

Real Mature

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Big or small, upstart or long established, many companies are finding that the value of their PPM efforts is tied to the maturity of their processes and practices. And even small advances in PPM capability can spark great leaps forward.

PPM Solutions: April 2009

- by Projects@Work

A wide variety of technology solutions and services are available to help organizations implement, customize and improve their project portfolio management processes. Here is our April roundup of recently announced PPM offerings.

PPM and the Stimulus Package

- by Karl Boone, John Kirkwood and Nilesh Chandra

The size of the federal stimulus package is unprecedented, and so, too, the number and size of projects it is expected to generate in such a short period of time. With time of the essence, can public agencies use this funding quickly and responsibly, while ensuring transparency and accountability? Yes, with a portfolio management framework that balances the need for speed with governance and oversight.

The PPM Buzz Remains

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Interest in project portfolio management tools (and PMOs) is holding steady, according to a review of inquiries at one top research firm.

PMOs & PPM

Two seasoned project management professionals share their real-world insights on 1) how to create a project management office to develop and instill a consistent project management approach, and 2) the role of project portfolio management in maintaining a successful PMO. [17 min.]

Opportunity Knocking

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

The massive stimulus package has the project portfolio management community thinking big, with leading PPM software providers poised for their own economic bump as they demonstrate how their solutions can maximize taxpayer dollars.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

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President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

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CEO/Founder, Acumen
Globally recognized project analytics thought leader and software entrep…

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Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
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